I’ve gone back and forth with this book during Rebirth. It has always fantastic art and though the start had me wondering why Ben Percy didn’t give us these tales in the New 52, it has not been good since. The main problem is it is starting to feel a little stale, but hitting on the road maybe just what the doctor ordered. I might not have been a huge fan of past issue, but I’m trusting Magic Woman changes my latitude and attitude. Let’s find out if she does…
The issue opens with the typical recap to get everybody up to speed (again) as we all watch Barry and Oliver have forced it to Washington DC. They were somewhat too late to save some poor souls within an abysmal group, but Ollie uses the chance to provide Barry longer Ninth Circle background. You know…the assholes they are. Barry does some CSI work and if he heads back into Central City, Eric Shea will probably be so pleased to realize that Ben Percy understands the laws of chemistry have no bearing to the legislation of the Speed Force… just like Orson Welles told us about Paul Masson Wine those years ago.
Then we return to a Arms Vendor Showcase and, Eric is smiling…the location goes Robocop as well as I laughed at that! It is time for Green Arrow to spring to action, but afterwards telling us a Promotion 101, he’s visited by…Wonder Woman! Yes, Wonder Woman and boy is she pissed!
Exactly like using Flash last issue, we start off with a lot of colour being thrown by both parties before they join together to…well, they do not do a lot and the bad guy gets off. Back in Star City we visit Dinah and Emiko’s strategy and it is fairly basic, but brutally powerful. They get one step closer to the Auctioneer and rescue some people to boot.
Back in DC, Wonder Woman uses the lasso to figure out Ollie isn’t a killer (at least not in Wendy Poole’s case). It is a shame he can’t only use this in court, huh? This contributes to the two of them looking over a significant Senator as she gives a speech that the Ninth Circle would surely be interested in. Interested they’re, but luckily our heroes are on the scene. The issue ends with proof that sends Ollie off to some comfortable city that is ripe for yet another team-up. I know this is the concept of this arc, but it truly is a basic go from a to b to c story thus far.
I enjoyed this a bit more than last issue. Ben Percy does a much better job with Magic Woman than he did with all the Flash and as the narrative was a little lean, it was okay. I want more meat to it all, but I suppose I will have to wait for that…again.
Jamal Campbell jumps on the book and in spite of the large shoes to fill, does a good job. His style fits the book well, particularly in comparison to Otto Schmidt.
Green Arrow #27 Review
Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Jamal Campbell and Nate Piekos
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Bits and Pieces:
This was another okay issue that proceeds the Hard-Traveling Hero arc along in workman-like style. I desire more, but hey, I’m a bit of a jerk.